China imposes further punitive tariffs on polysilicon from the USA

The Chinese Ministry of Commerce has announced that it will levy anti-subsidy tariffs on imports of polysilicon from some U.S. manufacturers. A preliminary investigation revealed that some of the polysilicon imports were subsidised and that this had caused "substantial damage" to Chinese manufacturers.

The polysilicon in question is manufactured by companies such as Hemlock Semiconductor and AE Polysilicon. Imports from these companies to China will be subject to punitive tariffs of up to 6.5% starting on 20 September. Expressly excluded are products from MEMC Pasadena and the two U.S. subsidiaries of the REC Group. These companies were said to have received little or no subsidies.

In July, the Chinese Ministry of Commerce had imposed high punitive tariffs of up to 57% on some imports from U.S. polysilicon manufacturers due to dumping prices. This measure as well as the newly imposed import duties are both countermeasures to the punitive tariffs imposed by the U.S. on Chinese photovoltaic products.

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